10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Bernardino
Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: San Bernardino

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Long House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder .

San Bernardino to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from San Bernardino to Mesa Verde National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Bernardino in June, expect little chillier with lows of 46°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then stroll through Purgatory Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durango day trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Durango are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cruise along Skyline Drive.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Canon City by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take an in-depth tour of Wheeler/Stallard Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canon City in June, with highs in Aspen at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Wheeler/Stallard Museum ©
Wheeler/Stallard Museum

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Bear Creek Falls and Yankee Boy Basin. Get some historical perspective at Ouray County Museum and Yankee Girl Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

You can plan Ouray trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect nights in Ouray to be somewhat warmer, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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